Patsy Smith, ATF DIO / IOI (Former)


Patricia “Patsy” has over 13 years of firearm industry experience including acting DIO and Area Supervisor roles within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Her knowledge of firearms compliance regulations is extensive, having led or participated in over eight hundred ATF inspections. She has been personally requested by Industry members to plan and conduct numerous training seminars for employees and supervisory staff. She has conducted training for co-workers and supervisors and taught classes at the National Law Enforcement Training Center as a certified instructor. Patsy has served as ATF Acting Director of Industry of Operations, as well as, ATF Acting Area Supervisor. Her extensive knowledge in ATF inspection procedures will benefit and educate the clients in preparation for more efficient and successful business practices.

Practice Specialty

  • ATF – FFL firearm compliance inspections
  • ATF regulatory and law enforcement liaison
  • ATF certified instructor
  • ATF Intelligence research

Firearm Regulatory Expertise

  • Gun Control Act (GCA)
  • National Firearms Act (NFA)
  • ATF Rulings and Open Letters

Previous Employment

  • Acting Director of Industry Operations, ATF
  • Acting Area Supervisor, Industry Operations, ATF
  • Industry Operations Senior Investigator (IOI), ATF
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal Assistant U. S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Alabama – Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)

Notable Accomplishments and Roles

  • Member of ATF Katrina Project assisting licensees
  • Selected and trained as an ATF Certified Instructor
  • Selected and served as an OJT trainer for IOI’s
  • Chosen to receive the Department of Treasury Larry N. Shoemaker Memorial Award for Leadership as an Inspector trainee
  • Chosen ATF IOI Class President at the ATF National Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia